Axemen

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Then the axe was in his hand, whirling, spinning in the fury of battle as Eena fought beside him, thrusting fiercely with her spear.

— John R Dann, Song of the Axe (vol 1 cap 28)

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Axemen — Vital statistics
Axemen

Medium melee infantry that is specialised in attacking buildings and light units.

  • Strong versus unarmed units, siege weapons and missile units with low accuracy or rate of fire
  • Weak versus military units, especially heavy cavalry.
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Movement
speed
Upgrades to
Level 1: Feudal Retinue Military
3.3s
(50t)
80 6 12 2.33s
(35t)
24
Highland Caterans
Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Food.jpg: 20;
Metal: 10
Food.jpg: 1
1 Peasants' Commune.png 0 Melee
  • Fast and cheap to create.
  • Cannot resist attrition.
  • Cannot be directly selected using the mouse.

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Axemen in Warbirth can be used in lieu of Swordsmen when the need arises, but are specialised in attacking buildings and light units. The power of their weapon means that it is usually foolhardy to march light infantry and light cavalry to attack them head on. So if you are playing